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Community partners team up to raise funds for long-time nonprofit
December 12, 2016
RALEIGH, NC – Several major community partners have united to help Helping Hand Mission (HHM) keep its building warm this winter. Duke Energy, Triangle Community Foundation (TCF) and Raleigh Area Development Authority (RADA) are asking the public to join them by helping to give back to an organization that has spent four decades serving the most vulnerable people in our community.
Today, the partners help to launch a GoFundMe page on behalf of HHM. Duke and TCF will serve as campaign co-sponsors and RADA will serve as campaign fund manager. The goal is to raise $100,000 to purchase and install a heating and air conditioning system, fire alarm system, and other needed improvements to the 4,572 square-foot historic building known as the New Bern House, which now serves as housing for low-income persons in need and a safe community hub for a number of charity groups.
The building has no central heating or air system. The rooms are currently heated by safely placed space heaters and window units. But this isn’t enough to fully warm the entire home . “I feel really bad when people come off the street,” said Sylvia Wiggins, Executive Director of HHM. “People come in to get out of the cold and they come in and it’s cold. This is supposed to be a warm place for them,” she said.
The current heating system is extremely expensive for the organization, which relies solely on donations to maintain its operations.
“The electric bill is astronomical,” said Wiggins. She estimates the water and heating bill together averages nearly $3,000.00 per month. With a new heating system, she is hoping this amount will decrease significantly.
The New Bern House, which is located in the historic Oakwood district in downtown Raleigh, requires a significant amount of work to upgrade the central heating and air system. Some of the construction tasks include updating the electrical system, installing a fire sprinkler system and central temperature controls, piping and the installation of a ventilation system.
For nearly 45 years, HHM has been a vital source of help and relief for people in need throughout the Raleigh area, serving thousands of individuals each year. The New Bern House was established in 1995. Its doors are open 365 days per year 24/7 to serve everyone regardless of race, creed, or color. It currently provides housing to more than 20 families.
“Everyday Mrs. Wiggins works tirelessly gathering items and assisting people in need. But now it’s the Helping Hand Mission’s building that is in need of help,” said Wallace O. Green, President of RADA.
All the funds raised in this campaign will be used only to purchase and install a heating and air conditioning unit and make other needed improvements to this historic building, said Green. “More importantly, this will allow the dozens of families who live in the New Bern House and those in the community who use this building , to do so comfortably and with warmth,” added Green.
All donations are tax deductible as Helping Hand Mission is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
To donate to the Helping Hand Mission GoFundMe page, please visit: www.helpinghandmission-nc.org.
About Helping Hand Mission:
The Helping Hand Mission Inc. assists families in need with food, clothing, furniture, and shelter. The Mission offers help to the elderly, homeless, handicapped, disabled, low income and victims of fire.
The Mission receives reusable items from families all over Wake County and surrounding areas. The Mission also provides pickup services for large items such as furniture and appliances. These items can be picked up within 24 hours. The Helping Hand Mission has collection boxes located in shopping centers in Raleigh, Cary, and Garner.